Along the Pilgrim’s Trail in Dovrefjell, Norway
Self-guided hiking tour with luggage transport
Tackle a hiking tour in one of Norway's most spectacular mountain areas. Numerous important historical events have taken place in this region and the road across Dovrefjell has served as one of the main travel routes since the Middle Ages.
The road is the oldest connection between Oslo and Trondheim and this tour is literally a walk through Norwegian history, combined with spectacular scenery passing as it does through easily accessible and varied high mountain terrain. Dovrefjell is also famous for its rich flora and fauna - and the musk ox!
The Pilgrim Path is a walking track from Oslo to Trondheim. It's been developed to honour the holy King Olav in a spiritual and cultural way. There are a lot of historical places along the path and every year there's a Pilgrim Festival with walkabouts, concerts, theatre performances, exhibitions and religios services. This path can also be used as a walking path and the most popular route is over the Dovrefjell, where it follows the old Kings Road.
1 night Toftemo • 1 night Furuhaugli • 1 night Hjerkinn • 2 nights Kongsvold • 1 night Oslo
Day 1: arrival
Fly with SAS to Oslo and take a train to Dombas. From the station you'll have a short transfer to the hotel. Check in to Toftemo Tourist station for 1 night. Toftemo is a coaching inn dating back to 1820. Located along the E6, 2 kilometres north of Dovre and 10 km south of Dombås. The hotel is newly built and offers hotel rooms and cabins as well as a heated outdoor pool, golf and fishing in the Lågen.
Day 2: Toftemo - Fokstugu - Furuhaugli - 11 miles
Today your hike takes you from Toftemo to Furuhaugli, which is approx 11 miles and will take around 5-6 hours. Your luggage will be transported to the next hotel. The hike starts with a steep climb uphill before going downhill later. The first stop on the tour is Budsjord Gård, a heritage-listed farm with buildings dating back to the 1400s.
You then start the climb across Dovrefjell to Fokstua and then from there on to Furuhaugli where you will stay in the Furuhaugli cabins (a double room with shared facilities). Furuhaugli lies protected among the birch trees at Dovrefjell, 1007m above sea level.
Day 3: Furuhaugli - Hjerkinn - 9.3 miles
Today's hike, which is going to take approx 5 hours, is relatively high level mountain terrain with no major climbs. You pass by old hunting sites and Vesle Hjerkinn, which was the first Sælehus (medieval house) at Hjerkinn. Check in at Hjerkinn Fjellstue, located over 1000 meters above sea level, which has been run by the same family for 13 generations.
Day 4: Hjerkinn - Kongsvold - 9.3 miles
Today you'll hike from Hjerkinn to Kongsvold which takes approx 5 hours. The journey starts with an upward climb from Hjerkinn to the tour's highest point Hjerkinnhø, 1288 meters above sea level, where you are rewarded with a magnificent view of Snøhetta and Rondane.
Check in to Kongsvold Fjellstue for 2 nights and dinner.
Day 5: Musk-Ox safari
Join a Musk Ox safari to Dovrefjell National Park, which takes approx 5 hours. The local guide monitors the movements of animals and will take you to where there are the best chances to see them. Kongsvold Fjellstue has been operating since 1670 and was established as sælehus, a temporal self cottage on the mountain passes to make the trip over the mountain safer for wayfarers. Kongsvold has had official status as a mountain lodge from 1670; today it's a popular mountain resort and base to do activities in Dovrefjell area.
Day 6: Dovrefjell - Oslo
Make your way to Kongvold train station, which is only 10 min walk from the hotel. From here catch a train to Oslo, which takes approx 4.5 hours. Check in to Hotel Grand for 1 night and spend the evening at your leisure in Oslo.
Day 7: departure
Breakfast and morning at your leisure before flying home with SAS.
Prices from: £1685.00
Save £100 per couple
Valid for travel: 23 June, 14 July and 4 August 2013
Package includes: Return flights with SAS to Oslo, train Oslo airport to Dombas in 2nd class, arrival transfer from Dombas station to first hotel, self guided hiking tour in Dovrefjell inc. 5 nights accommodation with dinner, breakfast, lunch pack and thermos refill; self guided 4 day hikes, Musk ox safari, visit to old Norwegian Farm Budsjord; luggage transportation to next accommodation, map and tour description; train from Kongsvoll to Oslo central in 2nd class and 1 night at Grand Hotel in Oslo BB.
Please note: Furuhaugli cabins are with shared facilities; all other accommodation with private facilities. Offer subject to availability and must be booked by 1 June.
Terms & Conditions: prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.
Book by: 01 June 2013
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